Getting Back to Fashion: Hot new styles for your son and daughter this fall
The best thing about the first day of school is inevitably putting on that new outfit and wandering around the hallways looking too cool for school. But you can only look too cool if you’re wearing the right outfit. So we had Chicago-area designers weigh in on the right – and the wrong – clothing you could expect to see this fall just in time for the new school year.
Traditionally, boys’ clothing revolves around blues and greens, and this year is no exception, said Katie Hogan, owner of Zozo For Kids, a children’s clothing store in Chicago. But the difference is in the specific shade of greens and blues.
“We’re seeing off-green instead of Kelly green,” she said. “Get away from the standard blues.”
Orange and browns will also be hot this fall, she said.
Camouflage should be hiding in your child’s wardrobe, as it continues to be as popular as last year. But this time, camouflage colors will expand to orange, blue and grey, according to children design blogs.
Expect to see a lot of texture and patterns. Material on top of t-shirts will be popular, and designers are having a lot of fun playing with the texture within the clothing material. Cotton-tweed, almost a flannel, will be in style for pants, and washed-out denim will be making a come-back, Hogan said. Even striped denim will be hot. Plaid prints on shirts and pants – and even Burberry patterns will be in style for boys.
Cargo pants are back, but get your son a new pair – they’re way less baggy this year than last year. Pair the cargo pants with a button-down plaid shirt (plain shirts are so last year) and a vest for special events such as birthday parties.
Yellow will be the big fall color for girls, Hogan said. Traditional fall colors, such as blues and greys will also be hot, said Julie Watson, women’s clothing stylist and owner of Julie Watson Style, a personal shopping service, in Chicago.
Organic and bamboo fabrics are becoming more popular than ever, now that parents are taking better care of their family’s bodies and their environment, said Heather Muenstermann, co-owner of Green Genes, an organic kids’ clothing store.
Organic is especially big for girls, because most people believe that boys are rougher on their clothing, so spending the extra money on organic is harder to accept for boys.
But the soft texture of the organic has become all the rage for little girls, Muenstermann said.
Patterns will also be popular for girls clothing. Sequins, lace and ruffles will be added to shirts and dresses, along with fake flowers, Hogan said. Even snakeskin, zebra, cow and leopard prints will be appearing on shirts, pants, bags and boots in the fall.
If you don’t want to buy all new pattered outfits, simply try layering the clothing, which will have a similar – and equally stylish – effect – Watson said.
If your child doesn’t love the dresses, have no fear, Watson said. This fall, women’s dresses will be out, so girl’s frocks should follow soon. Wide trousers will be most popular.
Dress up anything with a little faux fur, and your daughter will be all set for anything from a day at school to a birthday party.
Families are hard-pressed for cash, but it’s a great time to turn lemons into lemonade, by using this time to teach your child about budgeting.
Start by speaking with your child about the difference between needing and wanting when it comes to school clothing, said Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar in Chicago.
“Ask them to help prioritize what they need and want, and help them to distinguish between the two,” Benz said.
Once you figure out what your child needs, it’s time to make a budget – and stick to it. Retailers are hurting as well, so expect to find many of the fall clothing on sale. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be inexpensive, said Ed Gjertsen II, chairman of the FinancialPlanning Association of Illinois, and vice president of Mack Investment Securities.
“We import clothing from overseas, and given the weakness in our currency, it’s going to cost more to get clothing,” Gjertsen said.
The most important thing to do once you figure out your budget, is not to go over the budget – especially in front of your children.
“Teaching kids about money sense is extremely important, but they’re going to ultimately immolate what you do,” Gjertsen said. “You can’t teach them one thing and do another. Show them the spending plan, and have them adhere to that. It’s important.”